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InternationalRenowned author voices valid concerns over nature of some campus activism movements

Renowned author voices valid concerns over nature of some campus activism movements


“Prominent author voices concerns over student activism”

Renowned novelist Salman Rushdie has raised valid questions about the political leanings of some campus protests movements in the United States. In a recent podcast interview, the acclaimed author and New York University professor expressed apprehension about rising support for Hamas among some student activists.

Rushdie, who has long advocated for an independent Palestinian state, said establishing one at the current time could have troubling repercussions. Given Hamas' control over Gaza, he warned that a Palestinian state in its hands might end up resembling Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, with Iran wielding significant influence over its affairs.

The award-winning author did not mince his words regarding some of the demonstrations seen on American campuses in recent times. While acknowledging the emotional reaction to loss of lives in Gaza, he said the support extended to Hamas, a recognized terrorist group, by sections of student protests was “very problematic”. Rushdie highlighted the need to address the root cause of the conflict and question those fueling the violence, instead of one-sided shows of solidarity.

His observations have led to lively debate online, with viewpoints expressed from different sides. Some felt cultural figures should support the prevailing order unconditionally, whereas others agreed Rushdie had raised valid concerns about openly aligning with oppressive organizations. As someone who has advocated the Palestinian cause for decades, his views carry substantial weight in the discussion on finding an equitable solution.

Going forward, thoughtful consideration of complex geopolitical dynamics, beyond emotional responses, might help steer the discourse constructively. With many lives at stake, fostering stability and peaceful co-existence in the region demands balancing humanitarian aims with pragmatic realities on the ground.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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